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Traditional New Year's Day Lentil Soup


Every year on New Year's Day my

Italian grandmother used to insist

we go to her house to eat

some Lentil soup.  As a child

I would do so because she

used to tell me it would bring

me luck and wealth all year. 

Of course, as an Irish

kid as well who wouldn't like a little

luck!  Lentil soup doesn't look that inviting

but it tastes good, is good for you,

and according to what Grandma Sue used

to say it brings you a little bit of luck.

Who can't use that?!  My mother carries

the tradition and James is following suit;

he loves Grandma's lentil soup too.

In fact he calls it "Grandma's Good

Luck Soup!"

Try some with your family on New

Year's Day.


Grandma's Lentil Soup




1/2 c celery, finely chopped

1 sm. onion, finely chopped

2 med. carrots, finely chopped

2 Tbsp. olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

1 tsp. dried oregano

1 bag dried lentils

Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder to taste

1 Bay Leaf

4 qts of water




In a large soup pot add the olive oil and grate in 2 cloves of garlic and saute the onions, celery and carrots with a touch of salt, pepper, and garlic powder over medium heat.  Fry until done.  While that is cooking, rinse the lentil beans and set aside.  Add the water to the veggies and then add the lentil beans.  Cook over medium heat and add more salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.  Add in the bay leaf and the other garlic clove (whole).  Continue to cook until the lentils are soft. 


Eat, enjoy, and may the luck and wealth be with you!


Happy New Year!
From my family to yours - have a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

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